Combination Horizontal Alignment/Intersection Sign

Bad signage. You can’t live with ’em and you can’t shoot ’em either–against the law or something.

I sent this image (above) and the following text to my blog editor, Jake Finch, and she wrote back confused. Right there that tells you that is another case of bad signage. You see, the sign is supposed to clear up her confusion. She even asked, astutely, “Does this sign mean all this?” (Keep reading)

For Jake and others who are Highway-Sign-Challenged, I present to you the Combination Horizontal Alignment/Intersection Sign: “depicts the condition where an intersection occurs within a turn or curve.” As a way of guidance, “No more than one Cross Road or two Side Road symbols should be shown on any one combination Horizontal Alignment/Intersection sign.” And to keep you safely on the road, the traffic control folks have added an “additional Curve Speed sign” as well. So don’t attempt to drive faster than 50 MPH.

Well, I’m glad I had a chance to end this signage confusion. So now students, clear your desk, get out a blank piece of paper and draw the signs shown in the image above (no peeking!). And tell me, according to federal/state regulations, what this signage tells the distracted and tired driver, going WAY over the 50 MPH speed limit on a rural highway somewhere in flyover country, on an overcast, muggy spring day.

And you get extra points if you can tell me the font used in the signage.